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Mustang Shelby GT350 owners attack Ford

Owners of Mustang Shelby GT350 are suing Ford in order to have the brand recognize a construction in the economy.

Appeared in 2015, the Mustang Shelby GT350 houses a 5.2 V8 developing 526 hp sent to the rear wheels. Ford, in partnership with Shelby, designed this GT350 to take on track rivals such as the 911 GT3. Today replaced by the Mustang Mach 1, less radical, and by a GT500 which occupies the top of the range, it is however still talking about it. But not necessarily as Ford would like.

Unhappy customers

For the most part, Mustang Shelby GT350 owners are fully satisfied with their muscle car. But some, especially in the USA, are much less. They are indeed seeking to make Ford recognize a design flaw in the first assembled series.

In 2017, they got together collectively and filed a complaint. They explain that if you choose your car in the Base or Technology pack, the Shelby overheats quickly in the transmission and differential. In order to preserve the mechanics, the car then automatically goes into safety mode. The power and therefore the performance are then greatly reduced.

Improvements made by Ford

That same year, Ford announced that it would include cooling possibilities that were previously optional as standard. During the trial it was established that Ford has removed some of the cooling on the lower versions in order to lower the price, while ensuring that they were still ready for the track.

This last point is disputed by some users who bought it precisely for this purpose. They indicate that the Shelby is going to safety after about 15 min of use which then makes it unusable. Ford says for its part that this security is used not to damage the various mechanisms of the vehicle and therefore does not come within the scope of the guarantee.

A court decision that opens up other possibilities

Nevertheless, a federal judge does not agree with the Dearborn builder. He declares “Through product placement in James Bond films and racing partnerships with figures like Carroll Shelby, Ford has spent half a century cultivating an aura of performance and adventure. […] But these complainants allege, much to Lee Iacocca’s chagrin, that their cars look more like Pintos (editor’s note: chicks) than Mustangs. »

This means that theThe complaints lodged in 2017 are now sufficiently well founded. They can therefore lead to class actions in several American states. A business that Ford has every interest in making last to discourage its owners!

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